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Who kissed Duterte? Star editor dishes details of lipstick smear on presidential barong

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Who kissed the President?

That’s the question likely on top of Philippine Star editor Marichu Villanueva’s mind when she saw a lipstick stain on the barong of President Rodrigo Duterte last week.

In her March 19 column, Villanueva said she saw a “reddish lipstick smear” on the right collar of Duterte’s barong when she saw him in Malacañang for the President’s “meet the press” with select journalists.

Ever the inquisitive journalist, Villanueva said she teased Duterte that he “may get into trouble” with his long time partner, Honeylet Avanceña, for the lipstick smear.

Duterte, however, had a ready explanation for the red mark.

“Ma’am, it might have been one of the congresswomen I met earlier tonight who kissed and hugged me during the photo-op,” Villanueva quoted the President as saying.

Contrary to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa’s claim, Villanueva said she did not see Duterte having a swollen fist.

Dela Rosa claimed Duterte punched a wall during their meeting last week out of anger over the dismissal of charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa.